With his acclaimed debut album Seeds, Roots & Fruits, an inclusion on Mark Farina’s Mushroom Jazz 8, and notable Cold Busted compilation appearances, the Polish beat-master Emapea has been a producer to watch. Early in 2018 he unveiled Zoning Out, Volume 1, an album intended for chilling while deep in thought, or for getting into that crucial head-nod zone, like when the DJ drops the dopest beat. With listeners ready for more rhythmic brain-food, Emapea provides with the anticipated next installment: Zoning Out, Volume 2.
Developing the theme of Volume 1, Emapea takes his jazzy sensibilities and fresh drum patterns and ups the ante, delivering 18 mandatory cuts that swerve and shimmy while exhibiting pure dopeness. Take “Last Cypher,” which is an infectious funk-hip-hop hybrid that flows with more than a few surprise embellishments. There’s also the low-rider spy-hop of “Big Small Talks”; “Tantra” with its smooth, old school ride; the sensual boom bap of “Blue Almonds”; and the infectious, latin-lounge-tinged “Rainy Day”.
These are no-nonsense beat compositions, perfect for thinking, for grooving, for dreaming, for zoning out. Emapea and Cold Busted come correct once again.
Rory Hoy (Super Hi-Fi) – “This is a fantastic release. Fans of DJ Cam, DJ Krush and DJ Shadow will be in heaven.”
Green Street (Cold Busted) – “Loving the vibes. Super smooth & dusty grooves. I plan on crushing some parties with these.”
Spostolos Argyris (The Zuzu Club) – “Lovely, cool and refreshing. Really enjoying this.”
Jon Paul (The Blend) – “Simply sublime.”
Danny Ward (Moodymanc) – “Really liking all of the jazzy flavors and dusty production.”
DJ Wash (Funk The System) – “I hear 3 tracks, and that was enough! 5/5”
Crate Invader (Point Blank FM, London) – “Brilliant production on this. Super slick, super sexy, and so good.”
Soul of Man (Finger Lickin’ Records) – “Solid grooves, me likey!”
Aja Allsop (The Jazz UK) – “An amalgamation of all my favorite beats on one superb album!”
Floored Capri (Kane FM) – “Emapea's attention to detail is superb and this release is testament to the producer's dedication to the cause.”